Located an hour south of Atlanta, off Interstate 85, is the town of LaGrange, Georgia. At first glance, LaGrange comes across as your typical southern town complete with a historic downtown and many historic structures; but as you begin to explore, you'll discover a destination surpasses your expectations.
From spending time outdoors on West Point Lake to sampling LaGrange's culinary side at places like Mare de Sol and Taste of Lemon Restaurant to visiting sites such as LaGrange Art Museum and Bellevue, there is plenty to do.
See what is potentially the "world's oldest bale of cotton," learn about the Nancy Harts and their role in the Civil War and view a replica of a covered bridge highlighting the ones built by Horace King at the Legacy Museum on Main
. Be sure to check out the mural that spans 50 years of history in Troup County in three scenes.
Dr. James Fleming opened the Biblical History Center
(formerly Explorations in Antiquity Center) in 2005 so people could "understand the Bible and the ancient world in its historical and cultural context" in a non-denominational format.
Using precise replicas, demonstrations and research, Fleming highlights everyday life in the village as well as the life of the shepherd and the farmer.
The guided tour includes a biblical meal in a setting that reflects around 2,000 years ago. The foods represent what would have been served during that time.
Rarely is a home built to compliment the gardens surrounding it. But these aren't your typical gardens.
Hills and Dales
was completed in 1916 for textile magnate Fuller E. Callaway, Sr., his wife, Ida and their children. Designed by the Atlanta architectural firm Hentz and Reed, the 30-plus room home flows into the formal boxwood parterres and planted various ornamentals cultivated by the first property owner, Sarah Ferrell during 1841 - 1903.
Tour the home and gardens and learn how both Ida Cason Callaway and daughter-in-law Alice Hand Callaway continued with the tending to and expansion of the gardens.
Relax at Lafayette Square
in the heart of downtown. The focal point, the statue of Marquis de LaFayette, on permanent loan from LaGrange College, was erected in 1976 during the nation’s bicentennial celebration. It is said that LaFayette gave the town its name. When he was an official guest of Governor George M. Troup in 1825, Lafayette remarked how the area reminded him of his personal estate, LaGrange, near Paris.
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